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"Faiza & Ifrah's Abu Dhabi off the beaten path" Abu Dhabi by Faiza-Ifrah

Abu Dhabi Travel Guide: 518 reviews and 1,691 photos

Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate of the United Arab Emirates, comprising 80% of its land mass. It is the only oil producing emirate and is mainly a desert.

However, the city of Al Ain, which is the summer capital of the emirate and is loacted about 150 kms east of the capital city of Abu Dhabi, is an oasis city. It also boasts of the highest mountain peak in the United Arab Emirates - Al Hafeet.

Abu Dhabi is the name of the capital city also. It is the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates after Dubai. We lived there from 1999 to 2004 and during this period the city witnessed major construction of mega retail malls, hotels, islands and highways.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Land of oases and deserts, excellent infrastructure
  • Cons:Tourism not as promoted as by Dubai.
  • In a nutshell:A haven for traveler wishing road less traveled.
  • Last visit to Abu Dhabi: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Reviews (11)

Comments (14)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    You captured the essence of the area very nicely. It has a lot of the wealth of UAE, but also have accomplished a lot in development to a new era of building. Nice work for the viewers.

  • Jul 16, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    I think you may have forgotten that you haven't finished this page. Interesting what you have written, wondered what it was like here.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Great experience to revisit the place!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Enjoyed your page, have never been to that part of the world but will be visiting Turkey late 2010. Thanks for visiting my Ottawa page.

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Your tips and pics make me want to return to the UAE! :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Nice you enjoyed Abu Dabhi -- it is less promoted than Dubai...nice tips and pics (and nice red dresses for the girls ) ---- saw that they are very conservative over there, Norman :)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Interesting information about a place that I knew nothing about. Great warnings tips.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    Excellent page of Abu Dhabi. Great interesting photos.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    This si an amazing place! I ignored that it was so wet in summer! Thanks for sharing!

  • shelnlin's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Thanks Faiza, I have a friend in Abu Dhabi at the moment and has lived there for the last year and a bit. She is from India and said even this place she feels the heat.... I understood what she meant as NZ is starting heat up more nowdays.


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